Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Life Lately


I didn't mean to quit blogging.  I don't even know if anyone visits anymore. There just hasn't been anything blog worthy going on.. Just the same old stuff. Work, running, eating out, repeat. Since we last visited I've had a birthday.


Work birthday cake was just almond cake with butter cream filling & icing. Best cake ever!


Another butter cream birthday cake with friends. One thing I'm not a fan of on birthday's is people actually singing Happy Birthday. It's awkward for everyone involved. At work they always sing & you just sit there & don't know where to look. My friends decided they needed to sing to me. I told them no, it's awkward & I don't like people looking at me. Soooo, they turned around & had their backs to me & sang. I highly recommend that if you must sing. So much less awkward.

Two nights before my birthday we'd gone to a charity event in town & on the way home this happened.


The front's also damaged because when the girl hit us, she pushed us into the car in front of us which just happened to be our friends that we were with earlier. Fun times dealing with that. We're going on almost 6 weeks & my Expedition is still in the shop. Maybe 2 more weeks they say. Definitely not holding my breath. It's really not fun to pay a car note on a car that's only a year old that you currently don't have. We're getting really close to payment number 2 without the car. Yes, I know, be grateful nobody was hurt, blah, blah, blah. I am. Just annoyed that we're inconvenienced  because of someone else. 

I've been running a lot. Marathon training is going surprisingly well. For several weeks I ran 4 times a week which I don't normally do. I've had a few minor issues that I've gone to Physical Therapy for but for the most part I feel ok. 

Two weeks ago I had my longest run to date. 


I swear I heard angels singing when I finished. It took 3 hours 29 minutes. I'm definitely not training for time since this is my first marathon. Actually, it will also be my only marathon. I don't have grand illusions that I'm going to do great & love it & want to subject myself to any more of this nonsense.  

I have a 20 miler Saturday. It's getting colder but luckily the ridiculous cold (in the 40's for the high) will only be here Friday & then Saturday will warm up a bit. 

It's the time of year when the pelicans hang out at the LSU lakes for a few weeks before they go wherever it is that they go for the winter. 


We've had a lot of rain & wind & just dreary looking days this week. I'm ready for some sun. 

So, that's it. We're all caught up. See? Nothing happening.

Toodles!



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Napa 2016

Back in October we went to Napa with friends. I pretty much love everything about Napa. The weather is fabulous! We flew into Oakland on a Wednesday afternoon & headed to Napa. Thursday we started with a tasting at Cakebread. 


All the wineries have really pretty landscaping.




 V Sattui was next. We'd never been there before & the wine was really good. Of course they don't sell it in stores. We bought a few bottles & had it shipped home. Someone asked me what we learned on this trip. My response was - We like $150 wines better than $50 wine. There really is a difference. We did not buy the $150 bottle. The guy that did our tasting advised us to buy a less expensive bottle & age it so that's what we did.  We now have a wine rack in the closet because of the whole dry, dark storage thing. 


We spent a lot of time at V Sattui


They have a little deli at the winery so we had lunch.


It was really good & the grounds are pretty with picnic tables all around.


We went to Grgich the last time we were in Napa & they had grape stomping so we stopped again since I had friends to stomp with.


A real live Lucy & Ethel moment.



We stopped at Silver Oak.


Friday morning Dean &  I were on our own while the rest of the group went hiking at Muir Woods. We did that the last trip.

Our first stop was the castle - Castello Di Amorosa


So pretty!


Everything was like you'd expect in a castle - big & ornate! I loved it.


This room can be rented out for a party. It holds 150 people. I can't imagine what they charge for that.


There were peacocks walking around. I tried to get him to open his plume or whatever you call all the big feathers but he wasn't interested in cooperating.



I was trying to get us in the picture with the castle in the background. 



Duckhorn is one of my favorite wines & we didn't make here last trip. The sign says by appointment only but we walked in with no problem. We only did a tasting & not a tour.


You get to taste a lot of wine. 




I really liked Miner's wine. We ran into some people here from Louisiana & we have mutual friends. It doesn't matter where you go if you have on an LSU shirt you're going to meet up with someone.



Beautiful views

Later we met up with our friends for a tasting at Domaine Carneros. 




Korie & Randy were in San Francisco for the week so they met us.





It was a great trip & I'm ready to go back. 

Toodles!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Friday Eve!

The day's are going by slow but the week seems to be going fast which really doesn't make any sense. The time when I'm actually at home is what's going so fast which is annoying.

Saturday during my run I stopped at Mike's cage. This has become a habit on my long runs. 


He wasn't in the mood to entertain. Mike was diagnosed with cancer this summer & we found out this week that the cancer has spread & he only has 1-2 months to live. I'm going to miss seeing him on my runs. 


This was my longest run in awhile. 10 miles. I'm still kinda in shock that I can run that far. My time is slow. A good bit slower than this time last year. Not really sure why but it's not the end of the world. I have a half marathon in 2 weeks. I don't think I'll be breaking any of my records. Oh well. 

Last week was Homecoming at LSU. Sorority row is on my route when I run at the lakes/LSU.  They take the decorations very seriously. 


In case you don't know that's all tissue paper. It's called pomping. They stick what can only be a gazillion sheets of tissue paper in wire. I'm sure there's a more accurate definition but that's all I've got. 


It's very impressive. 







For those of you not familiar with LSU, the above picture is of LSU's star running back Leonard Fournette. The theme for this years homecoming was Reign. 

After my run, I got in the pool which was very, very cold. We had a cool front come through which made for glorious runs but not so glorious pool time. It was basically an ice bath without the ice. I wasn't sore the next day so there's that. 

I napped & went to Mass & then we went to watch the game with some friends. There was good food, good wine & a great game!

Sunday my brother & sis-in-law came to LSU to run so I went & got Logan. We went to Yogurtland & then to our house to play. 


He got on my foam roller, closed his eyes, said he was meditation & started to Om. I swear I don't know where he gets half the stuff that comes out of his mouth.

Monday morning I ran.


I increased my mileage & ran 6 this morning. I wanted to see if I could do it & still make it to work on time. I did but I had to get dressed faster than normal. 

Tuesday was our 13th Anniversary. We had dinner at The Little Village & it was delicious. I'm still thinking about the seafood stuffed steak that I decided against ordering. Stupid! It just so happens Tuesday's they have half price bottles of wine so that worked out nicely!

This morning I was up bright & early to get my run in. I feel so much better when I run but it's hard to remember that when the alarm goes off at 4:30.  


Again, slower than I've been but I'm trying not focus on that. I'm going to be training for my first marathon & all I care about is finishing. Well, I also care about finishing in less than 7 hours or something crazy but I'll worry about that later. 

Toodles!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

I'm Back

For the time being anyway. There hasn't been much going on so nothing much to write about. I've been sick for what seems like the last month. It hasn't been that long but it really feels like it. Anyway, I seem to be on the mend. Fingers crossed. 

Saturday night I went with some friends to see The Sound of Music. It was the traveling Broadway show at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans.

We had a 6:00 dinner reservation. We left Baton Rouge at 4:15. Beyonce was in New Orleans too so traffic from BR was a nightmare. I swear the story of my life lately besides sickness is traffic. This town is a mess & since the flood it's been worse. We made it to the restaurant at 6:45. We ate at 5Fifty5 in the Marriott on Canal. The food was really good. 

New Orleans is a people watching Mecca. Add in a Beyonce concert & I swear I could've sat on the street & just watched. It was INSANE! 


Jordan, Allie, me, Cindy & Jackie
This was our failed attempt at a selfie in front of the lit up Saenger sign.


Me, Jordan & Cindy had seats together & Jackie & Allie were in front of us. Apparently, New York has me spoiled. The show was great, the theater is nice but it's not soundproof. I could hear traffic on the street. It wasn't awful but. 


Today was my first this week. I ran once last week but decided to take a break due to all the sickness.


The weather was actually nice. Well, nice might be generous but the dew point was 67 so it was definitely feeling more like fall than summer. I'll take it!


Love when I get 10,000 steps before 6:00 am! 

Toodles!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New York Day 3

Taking a break from flood talk to finish up our New York trip. 

Sunday morning we were up bright & early for Mass at St. Patrick's. That Church is gorgeous. I kept thinking how cool it would be to get married there. We had to walk through a little security area & they checked my bag. It's so sad to me that we live in a world where you can't go to Church without dealing with security because there are so many sick people.


Rockefeller Center


After Mass we went to Central Park.


We walked down 5th Avenue to the park. 

In the park there's this cute lake & you can rent remote control sailboats.



We stopped & watched a men's softball game & it was exactly like something you'd see on TV. They were yelling at the umpire & yelling at each other & their accents just crack me up. Not in a bad way.

One thing that I was adamant about doing was having a meal at Tavern on the Green. We went for lunch.


It was really pretty. We had Caesar salad. Mine with prosciutto & Dean had chicken. 


They were very good but small. Dean was not impressed with the $67 bill. Seriously, for 2 salads. We both drank water. 

However, it was worth every penny to me because sitting at the table next to us was Jesse Tyler Ferguson - aka Mitchell from Modern Family.


That's the table he was at. He was with his husband & some other people. Dean spotted him. He could clearly see him from his seat & wouldn't trade places with me. I walked right by him & never saw him. Since Dean wouldn't trade places with me I went to the bathroom so I could get a better look at him. He looks exactly the same as he does on TV. 

One of the highlights of our trip was the Louis Vuitton store. Such a fun experience. When our sales guy found out it was our first trip to NYC he said we needed champagne & then when he found out that it was my first Louis bag then he said we definitely needed champagne.


Doesn't Dean look thrilled?


The coasters even had the monogram!


I went with the iconic Speedy bag!


After Louis we found ourselves in front of Trump Towers so we went in to check it out. 


We had drinks at the bar. 



We went to The Plaza & had gelato. 

We went to the half price ticket booth & there were tickets available for The Rockettes. 

We were on the 2nd row!







The show was really good. Now I want to go back & see the Christmas show.

After the show we went back to Hell's Kitchen & ate Italian again.  So, so good.


The bread!



I had veal parmigiana. It was delicious. 

Our waiter was also the owner & he was very entertaining. Well, when you could understand what he was saying. He had an extremely thick accent. Every time he left our table I looked at Dean & asked what he said. 

As it turns out he's on the bottle of wine that's on the table. 



He's an Elvis impersonator. Yes, that says Isaac Elvis. That's his name. LOL! He sang for us & then gifted us the bottle of wine to take home. 

Dessert







Fabulous!! Also, the BEST dessert wine we've ever had. His mom makes it. We think he said it ages for 30 days. 

The next morning it was time for us to go home. For the first time in a long time I wasn't ready to go home. There was still so much to see!! 

Toodles!